Moto3 Press Release: A Race Against Pain

Published 06/18/2018, 7:47 AM EDT
Arbolino running ahead of Philipp Oettl


The Catalan Moto3 race wrapped up on Sunday and it wasn’t the best race for Tony Arbolino. The team knew that this race it would not be easy as Tony was nursing an injury. They knew that the pain could dominate…but Tony tried his best to survive until the end!

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Tony set some very good lap times at the start of the race and held on as long as he could. He could have been one of the protagonists of this strange race that ended with only 17 riders.

Tony surprised many by lasting as long as he did. Sadly, 6 laps from the end he retired due to unbearable pain on his right hand.

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Tony Arbolino tried his best to get as high as possible

He said, “I wanted to try until the end and honestly I hoped to succeed in finishing the race, but I had lot of pain. That’s how it was. Anyway we have to take it as an experience and I need to come back at the top from the next race. I really like Assen, last year I did a good qualifying so we’ll try to stay ahead as we did in the last races”.

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With the disappointment of Barcelona behind him, the team are already thinking about Assen. The Dutch race is scheduled on 1st of July.

Arbolino running ahead of Philipp Oettl

Meanwhile, as for the rest of the competitors, it was a crazy race, but then again, it is Moto3 so it is expected. Pole man Enea Bastiannini got a bad start and Jorge Martin rocketed away with Tatsuki Suzuki tailing him.

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They built a big gap until a recovering Bastiannini began to catch up bring another handful of riders with him. Martin would later crash out, leaving Suzuki at the mercy of the other riders. Then it happened, a wayward move witnessed 4-5 bikes wiped out from the lead group. Almost a couple of laps later, the group thinned out even more as another 3 bikes were knocked out.

Soon, there were only 5 bikes left in the lead group. In the end, Bastiannini won from Marco Bezzecchi and Gabriel Rodrigo.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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